And the winner is… The Jungle Book

An explanation of why The Jungle Book was recognised for best visual effects at the Academy Awards. Below is an excerpt of my pre-Oscars conversation with James Whitlam from Framestore. James explains the visual effects techniques used in the film based on the five categories it won at the Visual Effects Society Awards beginning with Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature.

WOAE027 Film visual effects, James Whitlam

An Oscars episode about the films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects this year. James Whitlam is executive producer of film at Framestore in London where he’s currently in final delivery on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Previously James worked with Iloura as a producer on Deepwater Horizon, which is one of the nominees this year, and with Rising Sun Pictures on five Harry Potter movies, Wolverine, Superman and other major Hollywood films. James shares industry insights and technical knowledge from his 25 year career in visual effects.

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WOAE026 Epidemiology, Andrew Linden, Oxford

Andrew Linden is a doctoral researcher of population health at Oxford University specialising in epidemiology. Andrew uses data from the UK and China Kadoorie Biobanks to investigate how adult height is related to chronic diseases. A Clarendon Scholar and a member of Brasenose College, Andrew is also a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and he was an actuarial consultant in London before moving to Oxford.

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WOAE025 Dating and relationships, Lotta Haegg

Lotta Haegg met her husband through an online dating site after taking a proactive approach to finding a partner. She’s now happily married. I’m happily single and together we discuss our experiences of attraction, dating, relationships and break-ups. Topics include online dating profiles, first dates, falling in love, living together, resolving conflict, and the benefits of married life and single life.

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WOAE024 Reproductive genetics, Nada Kubikova, Oxford

Nada Kubikova is a reproductive geneticist doing clinical work and doctoral research in a leading Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) lab in Oxford. PGD can be used during IVF to identify embryos affected by genetic disorders or abnormalities. Nada discusses innovations and ethical issues in her field. She also explains why infertility occurs in women. Nada is a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University and a member of Brasenose College.

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WOAE023 Shangshu Chinese texts, Corina Smith, Oxford

Corina Smith is a doctoral researcher at Oxford University studying the ancient Chinese texts, the Shangshu. She shares stories of learning Mandarin and living in Beijing and discusses the benefits of these experiences. We also touch on music as Corina grew up listening to prog rock and appreciates the history of its emergence in Britain in the 1970s. Corina is a Clarendon Scholar with the China Centre at Oxford University and a member of Pembroke College.

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WOAE Mailbox #2 (and reclaiming ‘My Way’ from Trump)

Inspired by U2 stealing back the song ‘Helter Skelter’, here is a reclaiming of ‘My Way’ after the Trumps used it for their first dance as president and first lady at an inauguration ball last weekend. Also your messages about previous episodes including comments on US politics, Amsterdam’s soft drug policy, sexism experienced by women in science, and thoughts on whether human connections will be possible with virtual reality technology.

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